Career Transitions Forum

The Career Transitions Forum (CTF) is a unique series of lectures, presentations, and networking activities designed to support professionals who are transitioning in their careers.

Professionals from recruitment firms, corporations and the local community will present a broad array of job search strategies and tips, with a different topic presented each week. New participants can join any week.  

Free Career Advising

Career Advising is available from corporate executives for those who have attended at least one CTF session. It is strongly recommended that those requesting counseling complete an HRD resume class. 

To schedule an appointment, submit the CTF Career Advising Request form, which is available at CTF meetings on Thursdays from 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM at Trinity Baptist Church in Raleigh.


July 19 | The Art of Applying & Interviewing for State Government Jobs | Kevin Whitaker

Gain valuable insight from Kevin Whitaker on how to navigate the State hiring process to identify and secure State government career opportunities. Kevin has 3 decades of State service will share his perspective on the Government's process for applying, interviewing, and hiring; which can vary greatly from the private sector. Kevin service 17 years with the NC National Guard and was also a Recruiting Sergeant Major over the HR Department of the National Guard.


July 26 | How to Be "High Touch" in a High Tech Society | Liza Weidle


Come join us as Liza Weidle shares her insights regarding the latest technology trends agency and corporate recruiters are using to find qualified candidates. You’ll also learn how to maximize the time you spend building your brand and exploring opportunities on social media sites.

Liza has extensive experience recruiting, training, and mentoring leaders in key positions at nonprofits in the Triangle area as well as nationally for PTA and Mom Congress. She was recently selected by Parenting Magazine as the NC Mom Congress delegate and Social Media mentor. As Curtis Media's Director of Career Development, she is currently recruiting for world-class people with the initiative and desire to succeed at a growing company.


August 2 | Speaker TBD


August 9 | How to Make Job Fairs Work for You |  Claire Boland


Claire has over 25 years’ experience in human resources in key positions at companies in the banking, life sciences and manufacturing arenas. She has worked extensively in the talent identification and employee development areas to help identify a person’s strengths, skill gaps and development opportunities. Currently as an independent HR Consultant, she consultants with a variety of global companies providing HR services on a project basis.




We will not be holding class this week so that job seekers can attend the WRAL job fair.


August 23 | Is Your Job Search Strategy Working? | Joy Hodge


If you are currently in the job search process and it has been 1 year or more since your last search, you will benefit from this session. In this session, we will focus on creating and executing effective job search strategies – with an emphasis on the benefits for the “mature professional”.  You’ll gain ideas on how to emphasize the right things and minimize others, update your brand, and prepare for interviews.






Trinity Baptist Church - Fellowship Hall
4815 Six Forks Rd, Raleigh, NC
Directions to Church
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Day & Time:

9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Arrive early and stay after for valuable informal networking!


This is a moderated group. Professionals must attend one or more CTF sessions to join.

Enhance Your Resume, Market yourself, Explore A New Career

HRD (Human Resources Development) courses provide assistance for adults who are trying to find employment, transitioning back into the workforce, or working to redefine their professional niche in today's global market. HRD offers many relevant classes that will help equip you for success in your job search. 

What our students are saying...

I have accepted an offer from Cisco as a Marketing Manager in their Enterprise Networking group. You can say that “networking” will be my job and not only a means for career advancement!
I am really thankful to you and other leaders and participants of Career Transition Forum group for their tremendous support, encouragement, willingness to help, opening rolodex’s, and insights into the modern hiring process. I truly learned from the wonderful speakers you invited, and from others’ experiences.
I am happy to extend help to anyone in the group to the extent I can.
- Vivek B., CTF Alumni


Today, I landed a permanent position at IAT Insurance as a Technical Project Manager/Process & Change Manager.  I am really excited!  It's truly a dream job for me where I will use all of my certifications. I could not have done it without your support and advice! Especially these 2 simple steps that REALLY made me a stand-out candidate:

  1. Networked with employed people in my field (which led to a friendship with an IAT IT staff member --> which led to my sincere interest in IAT --> which led to a referral!)
  2. Shared stories about specific technical projects I managed that are directly related to projects that IAT is planning to undertake now. 

- Elizabeth R., CTF Alumni

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